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good morning. hold everything. bp has now delayed vital tests on that new oil well cap following a late night request from government experts. this morning what's behind the newest setback in the gulf. red flags -- kyron horman's mother speaks out about her son's disappearance and his stepmother's possible involvement. >> do you think terri horman planned to do something? >> something to kyron, oh, yeah, without a doubt. >> this morning, desiree young opens up about the warning signs she now fears she missed. and reunited -- bristol
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palin and levi johnston say they're not only back together, they're engaged. and mo one will be more surprised than brinstol's mom, sarah palin, today, wednesday, july 14, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and good morning. welcome to "today" on wednesday. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. >> this is something the world, this test, has been waiting for for more than a day and now another delay. what are they worried about? we'll talk to an expert about the possibilities and the concerns coming up in just a couple of minutes. >> plus, if sarah palin is watching this morning, she just received quite a shock. here is the picture that pretty much says it all. bristol palin and levi johnston together with their 18-month-old
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tripp showing off an engagement ring to "us weekly." >> according to an interview, the couple has not shared the news with bristol's parents, sarah and todd palin. bristol says the thought of telling her mom is intimidating and scary. wait until she sees her later this morning. >> oh, gosh. >> we'll have more on this coming up. >> yikes. also ahead, the 19-year-old alleged barefoot bandit is back on u.s. soil this morning after being deported from the bahamas. apparently he is not happy with the attention that his arrest is getting. the latest in a live report just ahead. a little later in the show we'll talk about the growing dangers of counterfeit goods. $600 billion business. it's mott junot just purses and watches. they are trying to sell you phony prescriptions, even baby formula. could you be putting yourself in danger buying these products? we want to begin on this wednesday morning with the oil leak in the gulf and bp's
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decision to now delay critical testing on that new ceiling cap. nbc's chief environmental affairs correspondent anne thompson has the latest. anne, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. the decision to delay the test came after consulting with energy secretary chu and a team of scientific and engineering experts who are in hughouston a bp's command center looking at the analysis. and it all apparently stems from what's called a seismic survey. think of it as an x-ray of the sea floor that they did yesterday, and that is where the blow-out preventer and the gushing pipe is. and they looked at that survey and determined they needed to do more preparations, more analysis before they could begin this test that may well give them the answer of how to stop the flow of oil into the ocean. it is a high-stakes engineering test at the bottom of the gulf for bp, an attempt to close the valves on its new sealing cap
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and stop the flow of oil to two containment systems. all in an effort to measure the pressure of the well and maybe even halt the gushing crude. >> let's all hope we get to the higher pressures, which will mean we can make a decision whether we want to leave the well shut in or if not then we'll know we need to continue on as we are with our containment activities and continue to move forward with the relief wells. >> reporter: this test could take up to 48 hours. the relief wells, bp says, are still the best shot to permanently kill the well. when that happens, the work won't end. cleanup crews are a common sight along the shoreline of plaque parish. >> if we take any sense of urgency away from coastal louisiana when that leak is stopped, i'll be very upset. >> reporter: at pmj oil company, a new orleans tradition, the shukers and local oysters are
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gone. they are trying to hang on. >> it's my work life. i'm done. my family's done. i don't know if our farmers will come back and farm oysters. that's not going to happen. >> reporter: people here want their life back, want their coast back. that's not going to happen until the well is plugged. >> a physics professor at the city university of new york and host of sci-fi channel on the science channel. we have been waiting for this integrity test for over a day and now we're told it's been delayed while more analysis is done. what kind of analysis are we talking about? >> we are the beginning of act three, the final chapter. think of a raging fire hydrant that's out of control. if you stop it too quickly, it
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could explode. if the pressure is too low, it's worse. it means there's already a leak in the pipe and now they're testing the sea flr to make sure everything is ready for the final capping of this well. >> because they're worried this could be an explosion? >> there could be other leaks and they want to make sure that they do it right. remember, this is the eighth attempt to finally stop that leak and this time they're going slow. they realize they rushed the other eight procedures too quickly. this time i agree with them. they're taking it slow and easy and getting it right this time. >> once they start the pressure test, how is it going to work? >> well, first of all, they have the blow-out preventer that's leaking all of the oil. they cap it. they have three valves there. they'll open and close the valves very carefully. pressure has to be within a window, about 6,000 to 8,000 pounds per square inch. if it's beyond that it could overpressurize and spring a leak. below that, there could already be a leak and we have to start all over again. >> okay. so if it is below that, what do you do? do you take that cap off then? >> you take the cap off and then
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put a partial cap on and then wait for the gold standard, that is, the relief wells. the relief wells with 90% confidence should choke off this raging fire hydrant once and for all but, again, that also has dangers in and of itself. >> if there is too low pressure, that suggests there is a leak below the floor of the gulf. >> exactly. >> and then that is spreading into the rock pormation. how do you stop that? that's one of the doomsday predictions here. >> the worst case sken cenario the pressure is going to be too low meaning there's already a leak somewhere along the pipe. that's why they're drilling three miles, three miles, down below the surface of the ocean to try to choke it off at the bottom. that's called bottom kill. >> that's what the relief wells are about. >> that's what the relief wells are all about, to kill it at the bottom. it's like winning the lottery. you never get it the first try. you're going three miles to hit an object the size of a dinner plate. >> what if they get the pressure right, suggesting the cap can
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contain the oil? why would they need to do anymore? if it's able to contain it, why would you need the relief wells? >> we want a permanent fix. a temporary fix is with the capping of the blow-out preventer. we want to kill it it once and for all to make sure there's no more leaks, no more complications so, again, we're entering the beginning of act three. the final participate of act three is when they finally kill it at the bottom. >> dr. kaku, thank you very much. a check of the rest of the morning's stories with ann curry at the news desk. we begin with the major developments in the case of violence in the days after hurricane katrina. four police officers face federal charges accused of shooting unarmed civilians and then trying to cover it up. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams is standing by now with details on this story. pete, good morning. >> reporter: ann, these charges are a big turning point in a case that has rocked the new orleans police department. it all stems from a shooting there just as the city was coming to terms with the devastation of hurricane
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katrina. the new charges involve a shooting that has haunted the city, witnessed by an nbc news camera crew. september 4th, 2005, emergency call, police down as six people cro crossed a bridge over the city's industrial canal heading to a supermark eir brother, a dentist.see when the shootings stopped, two of the civilians were dead and four wounded, all shot by police and all unarmed. now four of the policemen who were on that bridge have been charged with illegally firing those shots, then falsely claiming they acted in self-defense. >> the officers and their superiors lied about what happened and went to great lengths to obstruct justice. >> reporter: prosecutors say one policeman also kicked and stomped on one of the shooting victims, ronald madison, a mentally disabled man, as he lay on the bridge ramp dying. his brother says the charges are a long time coming. >> it's good to see they have the resources to investigate what's going on. find out the truth of what has happened.
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>> reporter: a lawyer for one of the officers says they acted reasonably in a crisis. >> there's things in that indictment that aren't true. many of them we can prove aren't true. >> reporter: the charges against the four policemen who fired the shots carry a maximum sentence of the death penalty, but the justice department has not decided whether to seek it. ann? >> pete williams for us this morning. during the night a car bomb and gunfight killed three troops in southern afghanistan. they were fighting off an attack on a police compound the taliban is claiming responsibility. today congress is looking at all those extra fees being charged by airlines from everything from checked bags to carry-ons to meals. airlines need to be more up front about what exactly they're charging for. medical experts suggest new guidelines including the use of brain scans to help diagnose alzheimer's disease before the symptoms appear. according to "the new york times" the guidelines -- if the guidelines are adopted, some experts believe the number of
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people who could be diagnosed with alzheimer's could increase by two to three times. and in last night's all-star game the national league beat the american league 3-1 for its first victory since 1996. the win gives the national league home field advantage in this year's world series. and just before the all-star game, there was a moment of silence for longtime legendary new york yankees owner george steinbrenner, known as the boss. steinbrenner died of a heart attack tuesday at the age of 80. he always said owning the yankees was like owning the mona
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>> things are pretty quiet here at home. there is still a chance because see a few showers popup and even a thunderstorm up for lunch time. it will clear up later on this it will clear up later on this afternoon, partly and that's your latest weather. matt? al, thank you very much. the alleged barefoot bandit, 19-year-old colton harris-moore appears in a courtroom today after he was deported to the u.s. on tuesday following that high-speedboat chase and arrest in the bahamas. nbc's peter alexander is in miami with with the latest on this story. peter, good morning. >> reporter: matt, good morning to you. this morning colton harris-moore is right here in miami at the federal detention center.
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it's just less than 24 hours after authorities paraded him into court in the bahamas. we were inside the courtroom at the time when harris-moore pleaded guilty, calmly, to just a single minor offense. but here in the u.s. he could face much more serious charges. under heavy security, colton harris-moore arrived back here tuesday night capping a long day that began in the bahamas. with the suspect marched to a nassau court wearing clean high-topped shoes without laces, a bahamas t-shirt and a fresh coat of mosquito bites. inside this courtroom the 19 ye 19-year-old fugitive who bohemian police say could have faced several charges including illegal possession of a weapon was surprisingly only charged with one minor offense, for illegally landing this stolen plane in the caribbean nation july 4th. harris-moore who had eluded authorities for two years since vanishing from a halfway house in washington state was respectful and expressionless
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only repeating the word guilty twice when asked for his plea. harris-moore's bohemian attorney monique gomez. >> he's wanting to get it over with. that's basically it. >> reporter: his sentence, a $300 fine and an immediate deportation, or three months in a bohemian president. the u.s. embassy paid had a fine and less than four hours later harris-moore was back on a flight to u.s. this is where his custody could get complicated with harris-moore accused of dozens of crimes across at least eight states, allegedly stealing cash, cars, and five planes. investigators say he taught himself to fly. >> a lot of states want the guy and it's in a sense going to be a battle and probably the state that wins or the federal jurisdiction that gets first dibs will be the one where he committed the most crimes or committed the most harm. >> reporter: the fbi says
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harris-moore will likely be returned to his home state of washington where he allegedly preyed on neighbors for years after a troubled childhood. "the herald newspaper" in washington state reports harris-moore told a psychiatrist in 2008 that his mother was abusive when she'd been drinking. >> colton, is there a message for your mom? >> reporter: after his deportation from the bahamas, many of his victims hope he paces justice. at least one relative says what he really needs is help. and the so-called barefoot bandit's capture in the bahamas was significant, it got him back here to the united states. his attorney there, matt, said that what he wants is not media attention. it's to go home. >> all right, peter alexander in miami pour us this morning. peter, thanks very much. it's now 16 after the hour. once again here is meredith. new details and allegations this morning connected to the
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disappearance of kyron horman as his mother speaks out about the case. here's nbc's kate snow. to the persons or persons that have kyron, i miss my son so much that i can't worry at times -- >> reporter: desiree young and her husband tony say they can't believe kyron is not alive, can't fathom any other outcome. >> please let him go. just take him to a remote pay phone or somewhere out of the way and tell him to call 911 and tell them who he is. >> reporter: with each passing day, the events swirling around kyron's disappearance seem to grow more bizarre. court paperwork this week revealed the latest strange twist, kyron's stepmother, terri, is accused of starting an intimate relationship with neighbor mike cook who went to high school with her estranged husband, kaine. ey exchanged sexually explicit text messages and pictures. cook admitted texting with terri. >> they were sexting, texting each other. you roll your eyes. .
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>> i'm sorry. it's, i guess to say it tactfully, it goes to someone's character if you're doing something like that. i mean, it's disgusting. >> reporter: terri, the stepmom, hasn't been seen in weeks. on tuesday her attorney says she will move out of the home she once shared with kyron, her husband kaine, and their young daughter. >> she is agreeing to move out and she's agreeing not to ask for parenting time. >> reporter: kaine's attorney says terri is asking for money to help pay for the move but kaine has no intention of paying. >> he would like some cooperation from her first. he'd like to know where his son is, if he's safe or not. >> reporter: desiree and tony say they're now convinced not only that terri is involved in kyron's disappearance but that there were signs she was plotting something. do you think terri horman planned to do something? >> something with kyron? oh, yeah, without a doubt. i think it was very planned. >> reporter: ahead of time? >> oh, yeah.
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>> i absolutely believe that terri horman is responsible for kyron's disappearance. >> reporter: and they see red flags in kyron's behavior prior to his disappearance. >> kyron became increasingly unhappy about not spending time with me. he wanted to come live with us. several times he would just break down and just sob because he wanted to stay. >> reporter: desiree is racked with maternal guilt. >> to know that i was 4 1/2 hours away when he needed me to protect him, that's what i feel guilty for. the fact that i had to work that day instead of going to the science fair like i wanted to, that i feel guilty for, too. >> reporter: as for terri horman, she still isn't talking, still not even called a person of interest in kyron's disappearance back on june 4th. for "today," kate snow, mbs news, medford, oregon.
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just ahead a wedding surprise. bristol palin and levi johnston say they are engaged. bristol was too afraid to tell her mom, sarah palin. we'll have the details. first this is "today" on nbc.
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just ahead, it seems every day there's more to this story. mel gibson allegedly caught making more racial slurs in yet another heateded audio tape. we'll tell you what's on that and have more details on where that story is going. >> i think this one is aimed at latinos. the mother who has create add website to help her 31-year-old son find a wife. you can meet them both and see if you can help him find his perfect partner.
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belvedere and loch raven, you can see delays falling into place slowly but surely. 41 on southbound 95. not so bad out of the white marsh area. live like aou a drive times. 14 minutes on the outer loop with east side. -- outer loop northeast side. here is a quick live look outside. we can see in the area of harford road, harford road looking at it the lead on the out of it away from us towards providence. we will switch to a live view of 895 towards childs street. that is the northbound accident approaching the harbor tunnel toll. tony has a check on the forecast. >> things are quiet after having heavy rain about last night. a few scattered light rain showers. most of it west of hagerstown. they will be around baltimore this morning and as we head into
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early this afternoon. just a chance for a shower, maybe a thunderstorm up until lunch time. this afternoon we should get some clearing. the temperatures will probably be in the upper 80s to near 90. should be hot in the next couple of days but try tomorrow. 95 on friday. chance for a thunderstorm late in the day. off and on the thunderstorms possible over the weekend but it will not be a washout. >> check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information. back in 25 minutes with another live update.
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7:30 now on this rainy wednesday morning, july 14th, 2010. we have a great midsummer crowd outside our window on the crowd on rockefeller plaza waving to friends and family back home. we'll head outside to say hello in just a little bit. >> are you sure? it's raining pretty hard. you don't like to go out in the rain. inside studio 1a i'm meredith vieira alongside wet blanket matt lauer. surprising news from bristol palin and levi johnston. not only are they dating again,
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they are engaged and did not tell bristol's mother, sarah palin. we'll have their reaction just ahead. also ahead a key decision expected today on the fate of the blockbuster diabetes drug avand avandia. it's been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, even death. now a panel of experts will weigh in on whether it's too 'll also have some advice on et. what you should do if you're currently taking avandia. plus, mel gibson's bad week just got even worse. a third obscenity filled audio tape has surfaced in which the actor allegedly blasts his ex-girlfriend and uses a racial slur to describe an employee. more on that in just a little bit. >> but let us begin this half hour with the news of wedding bells in the near future for bristol palin and levi johnston. rales has the details. natalie natalie, what's happening? >> reporter: good morning to you, matt. bristol palin is making that startling revelation exclusively this morning in "us weekly." the cover story, in fact. the daughter of sarah palin says she wants her young family to be together despite the rocky history between levi johnston
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and her mother. they look like the pick turp of happiness, bristol palin and levi johnston posed for photos for "us weekly" magazine in and courage, alaska. she wears a new engagement ring. their son, tripp, smiles and takes it all in. the couple wants the world to know they're engaged. bristol palin tells "us weekly" we got engaged two weeks ago. it felt right even though we don't have the approval of our parents. in fact, bristol says her mother, sarah palin, doesn't even know about the engagement. she tells "us weekly" it is intimidating and scary just to know what her reaction is going to be. hopefully she will jump onboard. i want her to know levi has grown up and that he is going to be there as a dad. it's the latest twist in a rocky relationship that's played out in the public eye for years. in september of 2008, the world got to know the then teenaged couple when sarah palin was chosen as john mccain's running
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mate. bristol was pregnant at the time and engaged to levi johnston. their son, tripp, was born on december 27th, 2008. then, just two weeks later, bristol and levi split. levi went on to do a nude photo shoot for "playgirl" magazine launching a very public campaign against sarah palin and her family. three months ago bristol and levi were in the middle of a bitter custody dispute. they decided to meet to talk it over and say that's when everything changed. bristol tells "us weekly" when he left that night, i was thinking how different it was. he texted me, i miss you. i love you. i want to be with you again. the next day, they say they got back together. last week levi made a public apology to the palin family. the 20-year-old met with bristol's parents and told them he loved their daughter. levi tells "us weekly" even if bristol's parents never like me
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again, that's fine. i can live with that but i want them to know how much i love her. after everything we have been through, i couldn't put into words how much i love her. they say they do believe in abstinence and will live separately until they are married. matt? >> thank you very much. caroline schaefer is the executive editor of "us weekly" magazine. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. >> huh? >> surprising. >> i'm not as surprised they're back together. i mean, certainly they have a child together. they have a history. i am surprised that they would tell your magazine this story before breaking the news to their parents. do you buy that? >> well, bristol came to us and said, i really want to get my message out. i feel like i want a platform to explain it. sarah palin is very protective of her daughter. they had a very messy breakup, a nasty feud between them. for her to tell her whole story, to explain how much they're in
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love and they want to get married and be a family, they needed a platform and "us" provided that. >> we're really believing sarah palin has no idea of the engagement until this morning, hearing this news, because there was a meeting between sarah palin and levi johnston and probably todd palin as well about a month or so ago. >> about six weeks ago sarah asked levi to come over because bristol had said, i want to be a family with levi again, hinting they were getting back together. levi went over, personally apologized for all the things he said and basically said, i want to be with bristol. i want to be a family. and i'm going to get a job. get my education. really step up to the plate. >> as a matter of fact, from what i understand during the interview with bristol and levi, he became emotional at one point when she confronted him, meaning bristol, confronted him about some of the lies that he had told about this family. >> definitely. bristol feels very angry still about some of the things -- she said i'm not going to get married to somebody -- >> so are they ready to get married if she feels this level of anger? >> she does say we'll probably
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see a marriage counselor. >> let me just mention some of the things that have been said back and forth between the two sides over the last year. levi said here on our show, i just don't think, talking about sarah, she can handle the stress level as governor. i don't think she can handle it as president or vice president. sarah said to oprah winfrey, i don't know if we call him levi, here he goes by the name ricky hollywood now, talking about the stories he had told. sarah palin said consider the source of the most recent attention getting lies, those who would sell their body for money reflect a desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention. so how are they going to get this water under the bridge? >> clearly it was a messy breakup. the feud was deep-seated and bristol has made it clear levi is going to have a lot of work to do. he's starting to apologize, putting out a statement to apologize to the palin family and he will continue to do that. >> do we have any idea on wedding plans? natalie said they want to get
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married fairly soon. anything more specific? is. >> within a month or so, maybe six weeks. they want to get married outdoors in alaska. they want it to be very small, friends and family. >> some may be questioning if it's possible she's pregnant again if that's the reason. >> she addressed that. she said i am not pregnant. they're actually practicing abstinence and are not living together. >> did they ask for or receive money from your magazine for this interview? >> i can't discuss details about that. we did pay for the photo shoot as is customary. >> more to come. caroline, thanks very much. >> thank you. it's 7:37. let's get a check of the weather from al. >> all right. thank you, matt. we're out here. we have a little rain. some of our folks came prepared. social studies was my favorite class. i loved social studies. good to see you guys. let's check the weather and see what's happening. we already know it's raining here. talk about heat. we've got heat advisories. heat warnings from texas all the way to minnesota and including
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parts of new orleans as well. the heat is tough. garden city, 102. these are air temperatures. 95 in jackson. and, in fact, that heat spreads all the way from the west coast to the east coast, hundreds >> there is still a chance that we can see a few showers and even and _ until lunchtime. once we get into the late afternoon hours, things should clea and we have some friends. you were at niagara falls? >> yes. >> everybody, niagara falls!
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slowly i turn it back to matt and meredith. >> by the way, just putting a little capper on the bristol and levi johnston story, we have a statement here from, we believe, sarah palin -- it could be sarah and todd palin. it says this, bristol at 19 is the now a young adult. we obviously want what's best for our children. bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our daily lives. so there's the reaction from the palins to this news. >> they have to wish them the best for the sake that have little boy, too. now to what could be strike three for actor mel gibson. yet another new audio tape has surfaced featuring more harsh language and racial slurs. kristen welker is in los angeles with details. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, meredith. this is the third tape of its kind now. its initial source still unknown. and just like the two before it, we hear the male speaker become vicious and angry, only this time the female voice plays a much more prominent role.
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>> what are you talking about you [ bleep ] ignorant [ bleep ]? i don't understand you. you're saying stupid [ bleep ]. >> reporter: here we go again. celebrity website radaronline.com releasing what it calls its third audio installment of mel gibson tongue lashing oksana grigorieva, the mother of his youngest child. only in this tape grigorieva defends herself against gibson's profanity laced accusations that she is unfaithful and only after his money. >> i gave you everything. don't you dare be[ bleep ] complain to me. i [ bleep ] hear you. you don't [ bleep ] count. you're a [ bleep ] using -- >> all this lies. i am not a -- or [ bleep ] or thief or prostitute, or anything that you called me. i'm not a user, not a gold digger. >> reporter: what she is, a singer, pianist and songwriter.
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♪ >> reporter: oksana grigorieva was born in russia, raised in ukraine and studied music at prestigious schools in moscow and london before moving to the u.s. in 2006, she wrote a top selling ballad for singing sensation josh grobin. then three years later she came out with her own album produced by gibson. their work together now fanning the flames of their ongoing feud. >> i gave you every [ bleep ] opportunity. >> i've done extremely well. but nobody asked you to spend so much money on the videos and everything. >> reporter: gibson left his wife of nearly three decades for oksana grigorieva back in 2009 and she is no stranger to high-profile romances. she has a star with former james bond star timothy dalton. her concern is for the 8-month-old child she shares with gibson. the two battling over custody. >> good-bye, mel. baby's crying. i have to go. >> go look after my child.
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>> she's my child, too. >> yeah, i know. unfortunately you [ bleep ]. i hope she doesn't turn out like you. >> reporter: analysts are concerned about the future of the child as well. >> it's not that he's the monster or she's the monster. they are both contributing to this incredibly unhealthy, explosive relationship. and the person who is the real victim in this is their daughter. >> reporter: industry insiders say the tapes, if authentic, are devastating for gibson's career. each one vicious and racist like this reference to an hispanic employee. >> i'll report her to the [ bleep ] people that take [ bleep ] money. >> okay, then i'll pay her because i need her. she's good. >> no, you're paying her with my money. it doesn't matter what you give her. it's my [ bleep ] money, you understand? >> reporter: now she has accused gibson of physical abuse. los angeles county authorities are investigating but so far no charges have been filed.
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meredith? >> kristen welker, thank you very much. and up next the future of the blockbuster diabetes drug avandia decided today. is it so unsafe it should be pulled off the market?
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nbc's tom koss it tell lcostell. >> reporter: glaxo smithkline says it is safe but is looking at a mountain of evidence that suggests avandia does indeed lead to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death. the question, should the fda pull it? jeff woke up in 2005 with what he thought was indigestion, got dressed, went to work. but by midday, he was in the e.r. struggling to breathe. >> of course the pain was radiating out of my left shoulder and down my arm and in the jaw was really excruciating. i thought i would ground the enamel off my teeth. i was gritting my teeth so hard. >> reporter: turns out it was a heart attack, surprising since having type 2 diabetes he scored well on his cholesterol and stress tests. but he was on avandia, the diabetes drug that has since been linked to heart attacks, strokes and death. >> the avandia situation has gone on far too long.
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many people have been harmed during the period of time this drug has been on the market. >> reporter: the cleveland clinic became so concerned he did his own research into avandia and presented his findings tuesday to an advisory panel reporting that 56 studies involving more than 35,000 patients have shown a 28% to 39% increase in heart attacks for patients on avandia. >> younger patients have access myocardial infarctions and older patients show cardiovascular death. >> reporter: documents uncovered by the senate finance committee suggest glaxo knew of the elevated risks yet hid the data. glaxo says the documents are taken out of context. they are settling thousands of lawsuits. jeff tenpenny is also suing. >> you worry what your future health is going to be. is this it going to come back and haunt you? >> reporter: in new york mt.
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sinai doctor hears those concerns from patients who say they have lost confidence. >> their confidence in us as health care providers, their confidence in our ability to regulate the safety of these medications and i think we're going to be dealing with that for much longer than the issues of avandia. >> reporter: glaxo refuses on paying on 10,000 lawsuits to settle those over avandia as it insists avandia is safe. now it's up to the fda pam to decide whether to pull the plug. "today" contributor dr. raj is medical editor of "health" magazine. the fda panel looking at the safety of avandia is sharply divided but if you are somebody taking the medicine right now and you have type 2 diabetes, what should you do? >> i always say don't stop the medicine before talking to your doctor. it's extremely important in a case like diabetes to listen to that advice. you can't just let your blood sugar go up without taking
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medicine. it's something you need to talk with your doctor before stopping. >> an increased risk in heart attacks by those who use avandia, why is the panel so divided? >> there are different ways studies are conducted, different ways they can be interpreted. the data might not be that conclusive. the fda needs to look at the studies and see if the results really are accurate. >> back in 2007 the fda, a panel, looked at this drug and on the risk of heart attacks or strokes or death, decided not to pull the drug off the market. did issue this stiff warning label. was that in retrospect the right thing to do, do you think? >> well, in retrospect maybe not because we are seeing more data now and it seems like they're debating whether or not with more studies we see increased risk was borne out. at the time they dealt with the data available and tried to make the best they could. >> one of the studies is one glaxo points to that says there is no real risk involved long
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term. it's a study the drug company itself sponsored, supported, so wouldn't you question the results of that study? >> you would. we always teach the medical students look at who is sponsoring the study before you read it. that being said, the drug companies are the ones who have the most money these days to sponsor studies like this. many drugs have been approved based on drug company sponsored. >> a story on the front page that will cause a lot of controversy is about nthe use o it technology, brain scans to diagnose alzheimer's before any symptoms appear. they think what's going to happen you'll diagnose two to three times as many people as already have been diagnosed with this illness. what does this mean? >> well, it means we're going to be diagnosing people a lot earlier, maybe even ten years before they show any signs of memory loss, and that has serious implications. number one, we don't have great drugs for treating alzheimer's so you're going to be telling someone, yes, you may or will develop alzheimer's later but we
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don't have great drugs to treat you. that's an anxiety provoking situation. the brain scans they're talking about have not been studied extensively. we don't know how accurate they are. this may spur on the drug companies. again, talking about drug companies to really research drugs that can treat alzheimer's. >> the result of the fda panel, what do you think they're going to do? is putting you on the spot. >> i think they'll end up pulling it off. you have to lean on the side of safety over benefit. >> dr. raj, thank you so much. counterfeit goods that could be jeopardizing your health. i have a personal interest in ensuring that we get this job done right. i'm keith seilhan. i'm in charge of bp's clean up on the gulf coast. bp's taken full responsibility for the clean up, and that includes keeping you informed. over 25,000 people are included in the clean up operation. our crews are cleaning the gulf beaches 24/7.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. time for a check on the morning commute. here is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> we are dealing with several accidents this hour to 97, accident coming in there. another accident wrapping about washington and patapsco ave. the johnnycake in gwynn oak, you can see delays forming on the west side and outer loop. we are at around 50 miles per hour there. loch raven, accident, another
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problem. philadelphia road, downed tree to report. once you get on to the northeast side, 35 miles per hour. 17 minutes is the drive time on the outer loop north stretch. note to lasik on the j.f.x. everything moving well on the harrisburg express -- no delays on the j.f.x. everything moving well on our spurred expressway. live view of the west side, slow going there as well. nothing out of the ordinary. tony has a check on the forecast. >> things are quiet right now after heavy rain last night. we're picking up a few scattered rain showers on hd doppler. these will move to the baltimore area later this morning. this is our forecast. a chance for a shower, maybe a thundershower, until lunchtime. it should clear up late this afternoon.
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upper 80s to may be near 90. tomorrow, the heat comes back. we expect a high of 94. 95 on friday. hit and miss thunderstorms possible over the weekend. >> you can check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information. back ellicott 25 with another live update.
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8:00 now on a wednesday morning. it's the 14th day of july, 2010. this is the view from the top of the rock just above us here on rockefeller plaza. you can see the low-hanging clouds and fog and in those clouds a little rain as well. >> king kong. >> king kong on the empire state building. these people, though, have put away their umbrellas for the time being which is nice and they're waving to the people back home. those folks brought the rain from washington state.
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we appreciate that. >> it helps our dewy complexion. >> i'm matt lauer along with meredith vieira and al roker. do you feel good at spotting what is real and what might be a counter fit product? >> no. >> i think so. >> this has become an enormous business, an illegal business not just watches and handbags anymore. you could actually be buying counterfeit medicine, prescription drugs, baby formula, things like that. so the question is, are you putting your health and your family's health at risk? we're going to be talking about that in a couple of minutes. >> any single ladies in the crowd here? have i got the guy for you. geri brin looking for the perfect wife for her son colby. she's created a website to help the cause and other parents in similar situations. coming up they're going to tell us about him. we'll see if we can find colby that someone special. i bet he gets teased a lot. >> i wonder how colby feels about this. is he into it? >> he's into it. >> he's here with his mom. >> he helped create the website.
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>> later on we'll answer the question millions of americans are asking, where are the jobs these days? we're going to tell you the best places to look. >> okay. >> all right. before we go any further let's go inside. ann is standing by at the news desk. she has a look at all the headlines of the day. thanks so much. good morning, everybody. more frustration in the gulf where today the oil disaster is entering its 86th day. on tuesday bp delayed its plan to start testing the new tighter fitting cap on the ruptured well. the question is will it significantly slow the flow of oil? now estimated to be more than 174 million gallons to date. the government ordered the delay wanting more preliminary analysis before the valves on the cap can be closed. eight u.s. troops have lost their lives as fighting intensifies in southern afghanistan. nato says five of the americans died today and three were killed on tuesday. today iraq's deputy justice minister said u.s. authorities have handed over 55 members of saddam hussein's former regime
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to the government of iraq. they include former foreign minister tariq aziz. he has been serving a 15-year prison term for crimes against humanity. four new orleans police officers were indicted on federal charges tuesday for the shooting of six unarmed civilians in the aftermath of hurricane katrina in 2005. two of the victims died. the officers and two supervisors are also charged with the cover-up. former illinois governor rod blagojevich says he plans to testify in his own defense when his corruption trial resumes next week. blagojevich is charged with trying to sell or trade president obama's former senate seat. overseas markets are mostly higher this morning. trish regan is at the new york city stock exchange. what's the focus on today? intel, ann. investors are really encouraged on the news we got from the company after the closing bell and this is why you're seeing some optimism in overseas markets and some optimism really
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back here at home. the thinking is if intel is seeing demand for its semiconductor chips and it's expressing hopes that demand is going to continue, then that bodes well for the entire worldwide economy. so a lot had been riding on this report t. did come out positive and the big key here is that intel sees a strong future ahead which as we all know if these corporations can start making some money, if they start seeing demand for their products that's going to help people get back to work, which is the key to all of this, ann. >> trish regan, thank you so much. finally now the so-called barefoot bandit is to appear in court today in miami. last night 19 ye-year-old colto harris-moore was deported from the bahamas. he is suspected in a two-year string of break-ins and car and plane thefts all across the united states. it is now 8:04. back outside to meredith and matt. >> okay. where the rain has held off a little bit. >> a little thick out here,
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though. a little humid. mr. roker, what's the day look like? a little on the cloudy side, the humid side. but we've got some moms of marines here. where are you sons stationed? >> camp lejeune. >> camp lejeune, all right. we wish them -- who do you want to say hi to? >> my mom, my best friend and everybody. >> hi, jill and fran. >> what about your sons? >> of course. they're not watching, though. >> how do you know? come on, of courseers that watching. >> they're training. >> it's raining here. they're training there. let's check your weather and see what's happening. for today the pick city of the day nbc 10 rochester. partly sunny and warm. 85 degrees. and we're looking at a lot of wet weather moving through the northeast as the system pushes on through. we have also some strong storms moving the dakotas into minnesota, later on into wisconsin a. strong risk of storms. 79 in seattle, sunny. 110 down in phoenix. we have some showers right along
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the atlantic coast all the way to new england. >> we are off to a fairly quiet start but there is a chance for a few more showers and thunderstorms as we go out early this afternoon. it should clear up l and that's your latest weather. >> all right, al. can you spot fakes? why did you look at that? you looked right down at my chest! >> i did not. i did not. >> you did so. >> i did not. >> they're real and they're
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we're back now at 8:10. this morning on "today's consumer" the dangers of counterfeit goods and we're not just talking about phony designer purses and watches anymore. some fakes could be putting your family's health at risk. it's a subject of a new documentary airing tonight and cnbc called "crime incorporated: counterfeit goods." carl quintanilla is here with a details look at that. good morning to you. >> good morning to you, matt. it is true. fake goods are increasingly the target of law enforcement in this country not just because they're getting hard er to spot but because they're creeping into products that put american consumers in real danger. dr. eric kaplan and his wife bonnie gave in to vanity and got what they thought was botox. but the next day they struggled to breathe and lost consciousness. >> the prognosis at that point was that we might live the rest of our lives in a wheelchair and possibly on a ventilator. if if -- if if -- we lived.
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>> they'd been given counterfeit botox, mixed by a doctor later sentenced to three years in prison. one example of counterfeiters new pron fear, far yont fake purses and watches. it's a $600 billion business with everything from fake prescription medicines to cough syrup to baby formula. impostor products that have killed thousands around the world. >> the counterfeiters have no regard for the health and safety of the end customer. they're just looking for the money. >> john clark heads up the anti-counterfeiting for pfizer that makes the blockbuster drug viagra. think you can spot the fake viagra? it's this one. counterfeiters bank on the fact you may not know the difference. last year police seized over 11 million dosages of counterfeit pfizer products worldwide and much of that seized properties winds up here cataloged and stacked at a warehouse whose location we can't disclose. robert perez is director of field operations for u.s.
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customs and border protection. not much prepares you for the size of this place when you walk in. >> it is quite impressive. we could actually fill about a 16-mile freight train with all the cargo we have here. >> what's being done to stop the flood of fake goods coming into the country? heightened security screening for one at the nation's ports. our cameras got an exclusive look at the process. here customs officials find a shipment of tide laundry detergent, a copy of the procter & gamble brand tide. >> it's phony. never know what's in it. it could be poise onnous, environment damaging chemicals. you never know. >> other products without brand names are often harder to spot like electric household items that melt, blow up, or burst into flames. >> that's the problem with counterfeit products. they've never been evaluated for safety. we have no idea what's going to happen with those products once they get into your home, school or office. >> a new generation of
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counterfeit goods where the only thing real about them are the risks. and late tuesday we heard from the manufacturer of botox which said it's not correct to describe the drug the kaplans received as counterfeit but misbranded. the doctor was charminged with causing a misbranded drug to be introduced. >> this is an amazing story, carl. thank you very much. we want to bring in robert perez from u.s. customs and border protection. robert, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> we have a whole table filled with products. i guess my job is to figure out what's real and what's fake? >> exactly. do you want to start with the golf club? >> these are calloway. i have picked this up. i'm going to go with -- after looking at the putter and the driver these are the real ones and those are the fake ones. >> very good. the entire set is fake and the bag is fake. >> you can tell when you feel the edges of it, the weight. is that a good way to do it?
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>> absolutely, matt. the protection officers do exactly that. we do some targeting and analysis to assess the risk and then our target inspections will hone in and then the inspectors, again, and the officers, will look at the products. >> people think watches and handbags. let's start with handbags. these are both supposed to be coach handbags. now i'm feeling this and the one thing -- >> you have shopped for handbags before. >> all the time. all the time. i think this is the real one. >> you're 2-2. >> and why? what would be the best way to tell? >> if you touch the workmanship, the materials typically here and also with our exchanges with the trademark holders there are certain parts of the actual trademark we are looking for, we're inspecting the goods that are telltale signs. >> rolex watches. one of these rolex watches is real and the other is a fake.
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something catches my eye about this one and it looks -- it looks chemer around the edge so i'm going with this being the fake. >> that's your first miss. >> did i miss that one? >> yes, you did. >> the gold one is fake. >> this is heavy, i have to say. it does have the right weight to it. is this one real here? >> would you look at that for me? >> i'm pretty sure it probably is. with watches, again, some of the quality, frankly, with the trademark violations is shoddy. some of it is more sophisticated. typically the finish on something like a watch, including the serial numbers and, again, the information the trademark holders gives us helps us figure it out. >> nike sneakers. one pair is real. one pair is fake. you have me guessing. now my confidence is shot. i'm going with this being real and this being fake. >> you're back on track. >> this has more weight to it. looks like the materials on the bottom are more expensive. this looks like it popped right
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out of a mold. christmas lights, i have no idea. i don't know how i would check. >> a lot of the signs with the christmas lights, matt, the wiring will be a lot thinner. again, if you open the packages, you feel the difference between some of the wiring and even just the marking of the boxes as well. sometimes the ul seal or label they'll utilize is not in the right place or is actually not exactly the same as the one of the actual. >> and now where your health is concerned we have two medications, prescription drugs, viagra and lipitor. you're probably better able to handle the viagra, carl, than i am. >> ouch. >> which one is real over here? >> hard to tell. even i had to look at the cheat sheet. this is authentic. this is counterfeit. >> i actually take lipitor so i should be able to pick this out. now i realize just how little attention i pay when i take the medication. i think this is real and this is fake. >> this is fake. this is real. >> okay. got it wrong. >> with respect to the pharmaceuticals, sometimes the
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packaging. the manner in which it's packaged, also our laboratories and working with the actual trademark holders, again, they'll test it in their labs to confirm the fact they are counterfeit. >> robert perez, thank you very much. carl, great report. we look forward to tonight. a reminder you can catch "crime incorporated: counterfeit goods" on cnbc. up next, the ultimate match making mom who has create add website to find her son a wife. hey, you made your own lunch. yep! (mom) i'm so proud of you. the bus is here, gotta go mom. okay hunny, have a great day. look in your bag, made you something. (announcer) it's more than just that great peanut taste, choosing jif is a simple way to show someone how much you care. choosey moms, choose jif. hebrew national hot dogs are made with butcher quality cuts of 100 percent pure kosher beef. people say they're so good maybe it's time they were called something new.
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we are back at 8:21. match making is something that comes naturally to mothers. they just can't help it. one mom has taken it to the extreme. geri brin wants nothing but the best for her 31-year-old son, colby, and has set him up on countless dates for most of his adult life. now she's even create add dating website dedicated to helping parents find matches for their kids. geri and colby brin, good morning to you. it's an element of a larger website designed for women over 50, faboverfifty. you've been setting up colby for years now and you've taken it onto the internet to extend it. some people watching might think, this is like meddling. why do you think it's important to get involved? >> i think it's casting a wider net, helping him cast a wider net. everybody is busy today. we're like the agents. we can can be agents for our kids, help them figure out who is right for them and have them work with us at it.
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but i don't think it's meddling at all. >> obviously you're okay with it, colby, because you helped set up this website. >> yeah. >> but there are folks out there going to be looking at you -- i know if this were my kids, my sons, they would read me the riot act. folks watching say he's 31 years old, come on, colby, why do you need your mom to set up dates? >> i don't think i need my mom. i'm also there in the field doing my own work. if my mom comes across someone she thinks would be good for me, there's nothing to lose. it's not like every night i'm doing something. i have some free time. our combined forces, i think, are better than just me looking. >> do you get teased by your friends at all? >> i think that probably earlier in my 20s there might have been cause by teasing. as you get older, people get more realistic about things. they open up their own minds to different things like internet dating or being set up on blind dates and finally letting your mom set you up. >> is your mom a good matchmaker? have you found any keepers? >> her credibility is as good as
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the last date she put me on. >> which was? >> a few months ago she set me up with a very attractive dinner. we didn't hit it off but it was a good setup. there was a lot of -- i was -- there was a lot of potential. i guess i dropped the ball, i would say. some dates are better than others. i don't always agree to go out with a girl she fixes me up with. one in three i guess i would say. >> explain how this website works and the dating element of it. >> well, you remember faboverfifty first and that's for women to share their perfumes, their restaurants and their kids. we love to share after 50. we're very generous. >> so moms can go into the dating site -- >> you enter the kid yourself, obviously with their permission. we wouldn't want a mother to sneak her kid on. and so she talks to her kid, she puts the kid's picture -- and i say kid because they're 21 and over -- and then she says why my son, daughter, niece, nephew is fabulous. >> i'd like you to look into the
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camera and tell the women out there why you think colby would be fabo for them, you have 30 seconds. >> well, he's very family oriented. he loves his family, loves his friends, he's really cut and funny. he's a great and loyal friend and he's healthy and fit. he just ran a half marathon successfully and he is a fabulous -- >> funny. >> absolutely, you're funny. >> that's a nice pitch there, geri and colby. if you think you have a match, send them to todayshow.com. we'll share them in the next hour.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. let's get a final check on the morning commute with sarah caldwell. >> heavy delays out there appeared several accidents to report on eastbound 50. in annapolis, watch for an accident location there. washington boulevard and patapsco ave, an accident. heavy delays developing late here. 12 miles per hour towards edmondson. slow spots on the north side. 95 coming out of the northeast,
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better than last check. only eight minutes -- 15 minutes to get to the out of the stretch of the northeast side. let's give you a live look outside. things are filtering out harford road. live view of traffic on the west side, we're sitting in traffic, jammed conditions from the outer loop from 795 to edmondson. tony has a check on the forecast. >> things are quiet compared to last night. we could still see some light showers out of western maryland. there is a 30% chance you could run into a brief shower and maybe a thunderstorm this morning up until about 1:00 or 2:00 this afternoon. that is our forecast. chance for rain shower this morning. it should clear up late in the day. humidity should go down late in the afternoon. high temperatures in the upper 80s to around 90. it will get hot to the next
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couple of days. mostly dry. thunderstorms possible over the weekend. >> we will have another update at 8:55.
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♪ wednesday morning, the 1 fourth of july, 2010. we have some happy folks lining the plaza this morning. and they will be treated to a grammy winner enrique iglesias out with a brand-new album, the first bilingual album of his career friday on "today."
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just ahead, a new way to try on clothes. >> take a look at this called the magic mirror. there it is. that's natalie inside in front of it. usually find her in front of a mirror and this mirror is perfect for people who like to shop but don't want to try on things. you kind of stand in front of it and it shows you what you would look like in front of a particular piece of clothing or in a particular piece of clothing. >> that's a good idea. >> we'll test it out. >> new ways to make your yard burst with color. talking about unusual flowers like this snow princess and the baby tut. p. allen smith will be here to show us how to do it. >> we'll take a look at -- hi, mom, back to you. we'll take a look at how bad the job crisis has gotten. for example, we've got a measure. americans on average took about 17 weeks to find a job. well, today the number has actually doubled. it's twice that. where should you be looking for
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work? we have some answers this morning. >> and more on this morning's surprising news that bristol palin and levi johnston have decided to get engaged. but first before we talk about that, al, one more look at the weather. let's show you what's happening for today. we have a risk of strong storms back through the plains, especially along the minnesota/which minnesota/wisconsin border. sunshine up and down the east coast. sunny and hot through the en for tomorrow sunny and hot from new england all the way back down into the gulf coast. a slight risk of strong storms through the great lakes. >> there is still a chance that we can see a few showers and even and _ until lunchtime. once we get into the late afternoon hours, things should clear
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jodie has the best pancakes in los angeles at the griddle cafe. say hi to everybody in l.a. >> hey, everybody. >> there you go. let's say hi to uncle willie scott who loves pancakes as well. everybody likes to sing happy birthday or as the flintstones, happy birth, happy birth, happy birthday. eunice sanborn. jacksonville, texas. 114. attributes her longevity to being very religious and loving the lord. can't beat that. ruth hale, a good biblical name, lakewood, new jersey, is 110. we have a group today. retired teacher. enjoys a glass of sherry daily
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and loves to read the newspapers. hubert friend, grantsville, maryland. 105 years old. retired farmer until the late '80s. born and raised on a farm. a lot of our older trends are farming people. rachel cohen, west palm beach, florida, 100 years old today. a youngster. very active and has done yoga for over 40 years. and bought a tricycle and rides all over town. can't beat that. happy days are here again. and hazel perrom of gooding, idaho. 100 years old today. helps run a family owned trucking company for years and also makes baby blankets for hospitals. jenny schober of tecumseh, mississippi, 105.
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smokes no cigarettes. that's it. that's all. ba being to new york. >> everybody is funny in the control room. coming up soon, how to try on clothes without taking your clothes off. this is a man's shirt. can
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we're back now at 8:37. this morning on "today's money" where are the jobs? if you're looking for work, you know it's no easy task. it takes an average of pa weeks to find a job. jean chatzky is today's financial editor. mark is president of the national urban league. good morning to both of you. mark, let me start with you. 9.5% where the unemployment rate stands right now. it's been stubborn, it's not going down nearly fast enough and apparently this job crisis is not an equal opportunity unemployer. it's striking minorities much
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harder, isn't it? >> african-americans, the rate is more like 16%, for latinos it's 12%. there is no doubt that this recession has been tough for everyone but it's been especially tough for communities of color. people are hurting. they're hurting in a very significant fashion and many, many people who worked their entire lives find themselves without work. the new unemployed, it's a lavender recession. white collar, blue collar, pink collar, it's across the board, matt, but especially tough for people of color. >> when you talk about minority communities and you talk to those people in communities, are you telling them you think the jobs are coming back or are they gone for good? >> we're saying steps have to be taken. it's not going to happen cert n senendepitously.
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the new normal of a 9% unemployment rate is not acceptable. and right now congress has been stalling, really the senate through the use of the filibusters have been stalling an up or down vote on the extension of unemployment benefits, an expansion of the home tax credit, summer jobs. these measures while small could help many, many people. >> jean, we hold our breath every month when the labor department releases its unemployment figures. give me a sense of what it takes. how many jobs need to be created to get that rate to bump down a little bit. >> right now we're creating about 100,000 jobs a month. we have to create more than 150,000 jobs a month to get it to bump down because once it starts going up a little bit, more people will come back and start looking so it has to be significantly higher and we don't think that will start to happen until next spring. >> and you say where there are jobs available, give me a sense where they are. >> if you want to look geographically, texas, houston,
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dallas, where energy is hiring. louisville, memphis, salt lake city, you have to like the warehouses there, technology and education in boston and san francisco. >> mark, let me ask you this. we're coming up to midterm elections here in a couple of months. how political does the national urban league get with this? how much do you target candidates who have bad job policies in your opinion and support candidates who have good ones? >> i think we have to highlight that there's been a lot of stall in the use of the filibuster and the senate troubles me the most because what it's done, it's blocked legislation that would help the economic picture while at the same time the very same people who use the filibuster accuse the president and others of not doing enough. so we've got to highlight the fact that there's sort of an inconsistency in that type of message and jobs, jobs, jobs, are the most important issue we think this fall. >> mark and jean chatzkchatzky,
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you very much. the flowers that make your garden the envy of your neighborhood. he inherited a $1.7 billion budget deficit... then an economic crisis. but martin o'malley went to work. cutting $5 billion in waste and government spending, while also making opportunities for middle class families a priority. freezing college tuition four years in a row, record investments in our schools, and tax credits for small businesses to create jobs. while other states are still struggling, martin o'malley is making the tough choices... to move maryland forward.
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this morning on "today's garden" funky flowers and fantastic foliage. bored with the same old petunias? p. allen smith, author of "bringing the garden eindoors" has some ideas. we're talking about being different and creative. what do you have for us? >> there are some great genetics. this is sh this is supertunia. >> is that a petunia? >> on steroids. look at the lime green, almost painted on there. >> it's gorgeous.
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>> that magenta center. >> does it take any special maintenance? >> well, they love full sun. you don't want them to get too wet. that hasn't been a problem here lately. >> quite the opposite. when you're pairing them can something very interesting here. isn't this lovely? this is called snow princess. the old-fashioned is akin to this. what's great about it, it puts out this froth of blooms. i've had to cut mine back three times already because they keep growing and growing. >> and also needs a lot of sun? >> it does need a lot of sun and will just perform beautifully. it's really a rampant grower. >> you brought along two tuts. this looks like grass. >> king and baby. >> it's not grass. >> no, it's not. look at that. this is baby tut and it's beautiful in containers. this is the dwarf. it only gets about two feet tall. it can grow in standing water.
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and this is king tut which can get quite large. this bad boy can get up to six feet tall. >> are you serious? >> beautiful in containers. we put them in these containers. >> can you just put it in the garden? >> you can. it will take soggy, wet areas, unlike our snow princess and our picasso. >> that sun. >> good drainage. >> you paired that with a lot of bright colors. >> this is a wonderful plant called lucia dark blue. >> you rarely see blue. >> look at this. look at the contrast. isn't that gorgeous? it's such a great plant and the old-fashioned ones were so bad. they fifthered. genetics are really strong and they perform really well. now what we have here are some containers. there's a lot of questions about how do you water -- >> especially in the heat we've had. >> when you're doing containers you need to go for the largest container possible that's going to give a lot of soil volume
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that you need. this hanging basket, for instance, is way too small to support plant life in a positive way. it really needs more volume of soil and this is difficult to keep wet. >> but they sell these all the time. >> they do. if this was three times the size, i'd be much happier with it. if you are going to use containers, use something glazed and always use a saucer and use soils that are blended for container gardening. it makes a big, big difference. we always use organic control. >> in terms of watering the garden, what advice do you have? >> you have to keep the soil consistently moist, mulch. with containers make sure you have fertilizer and you're not flushing out all the nutrients and make sure you water in the early morning. >> is there -- why early morning versus at night? >> if you spray them, you want to make sure that throughout the day the water drys off so you don't have problems with insects. just like the foliage plants.
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this is called illusion midnight. they will take over your garden. this have a variety is very muc. >> and you have to be careful about over watering, too. there is a risk to that. >> this is a sun coleus which i love the bi-colored leaf. you have the gorgeous ruts on this side and purple on the underside. you don't want to over water the coleus. you can certainly over water some of these plants. most of them don't like over watering. >> a lot of different options for people to try. allen, thank you so much as always. such a pleasure to have you here. up next, we'll try out that magic mirror, a new way to try on clothes without ever getting undressed.
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this morning on "today's pets" the internet has done wonders for matching up people. now they are hoping to match up pets and would-be families. sarah, good to see you. >> good to see you, matt. i had the chance to spend time with the pixie project, a group with a fun name and a lot of heart. >> yay! yay! >> reporter: this is the pixie
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project, a nonprofit organization in portland, oregon, that matches rescue pets with potential owners. >> i wanted to create a place where people really could come and enjoy the adoption process. >> reporter: named after a dog that co-founder amy sachs once rescued, she and her childhood friend carly covington started the business three years ago. tell me a little bit about how pixie project is different. i do notice we're on play toys right now. >> yes. so as you can see all the animals, cats and dogs, are free roaming. our dogs that are available for adoption play in a dog daycare with people's pets that are here for a day of daycare. it is totally free roaming. there are no cages. >> reporter: you're almost like a collaborator because you help shelters as well. >> absolutely. that is our number one goal. we were founded on the belief that there are overcrowded, under funded county shelters in
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every city that desperately need an urban supported outlet to get these animals exposure. people are more likely to take the adoption route if we can take their hand through it and make it accessible and easy. >> reporter: and they do. each person who comes in is interviewed and paired up with a dog or cat based on age, activity level, and lifestyle. >> would you be open to a dog that is, say, a year old? we believe in really taking a personal approach to ensure a lifelong successful, happy adoption for both the animal and the family. all right. i'm going to go get him, okay? are you guys ready? okay. okay. look out. you might get kisses. oh, boy. >> reporter: because at the end of the day it's about finding that perfect fit between owner and pet.
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♪ >> that's cute. did you take one? >> no, i'm quickly becoming the single girl with a bunch of d s dogs. no, i did not take one. >> good to know. sarah, thanks. appreciate it. and now here's meredith. thank you very much. now to a revolutionary new way to shop. the uk company has create add program that lets you try on clothing without ever having to get undressed and it's called the magic mirror. duncan clapman is the managing director. good morning to you, duncan. >> good morning. >> this magic mirror aimed at which customers? >> a multitude of customers but basically people who don't have time to go into a shop and try things on. for religious reasons people may not feel comfortable trying things on and additional other people who may not feel comfortable. the last is the man who typically, like myself, doesn't really like that experience of going into a shop, et cetera. so for them it's the ability to try something on quickly and easily and possibly other products also as well. >> maybe you should show us how
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it works. >> a pleasure. literally, you stand in front of the screen and the system should find where you are on the screen it self and the content based on where you are. >> it figures out your correct size and everything like that? >> there's two parts to it. you could choose the sizing based on what size you are, but with the new cameras that are available 3d or infrared cameras, we're able to define depth and velocity as well. so we will be able to define someone's shape and size as well. you can also start -- put a dress on me now. >> duncan. learning about you. >> an item of clothing off a rack and literally put it up to the machine or does it have to be already programmed in? >> the idea is most of the database will be preprogrammed into the actual system. you could take an item of clothing off the shelf. it would have to have an rf tag to be registered by the system. also colors as well. so you don't have to try on three or four different tops. >> how expensive is this? are all stores going to be able
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to afford to put these in? >> all stores will be able to afford to put this in. this isn't something that's an extremely expensive product. >> can you do this at home, have one of these where you just try -- if you're somebody like meredith who has an extensive wardrobe. closets and closets of stuff. >> they're picking on me today. these two are the clothes horses. >> they are. their underwear matches their socks. >> how do you know? >> because i know. how many years have i known you? the thing about it is with all of this, i think the key is a lot of women are going to be wondering, will i fit into those pants? will the top really fit me well? it's about dimension. this is just the prototype of what could be coming down the line. >> it certainly is. this would be more, as i said, the online version whereby people could start to try clothes on in the comfort of their own homes just using a webcam. >> eventually will this be able to answer the question, do my -- does my butt look big in these
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jeans? >> it already can. typically we know the answer. >> try it on. >> we saw duncan. >> the green light on the screen. >> i have a feeling meredith has gotten me in trouble here. >> i did not do a thing. >> what's next, meredith? >> something a little less masculine. a little more -- more who he is. >> like a rugby shirt. >> no, something like that. >> this one? >> this one here. >> the army look? >> i think that's who you really are. >> some sort of a shift or a gown. >> did you knuncan, thank you v. outside our "today" show studio the biggest concert ever. lady gaga and 20,000 fans. the toyota summer concert series. coming up, john maher, carrie underwood, katy perry and more. this friday enrique iglesias live on the plaza.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. the city's new bottle tax goes into effect in less than two weeks. we are getting a quick look at the regulations. it applies to soda and water and wine and beer and liquor. officials say it is not a direct tax on ofconsumers but falls on the distributor. however, the industry is allowed to charge extr
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>> good morning. i am tony pann. as we go to lunch time, there is
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a 30% to 40% chance of a shower or thunderstorm. as we go into the late afternoon hours, things should clear up a little bit. sunshine will break through the clouds. upper 80s to around 90. humid day as well. the next couple of days, the ring goes away, but it is going to get caught. 95 on friday. scattered thunderstorms over the weekend. it will not be a washout, though. high temperatures on saturday and sunday will be in the upper 80s. >> another update at 9:25.
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